Here’s how I made it!
2 fabric if you want contrast
peaches-1 yard (more depending on your child’s size)
matching invisible zipper
First I traced a tee folded in half to get a basic bodice pattern. Then I drew a line across, slightly above the bottom of the armhole.
I drew in 2 rows of scallops, spacing them apart evenly…and those scallops are very rough, FYI. I cut the bodice pattern apart on the top line like you can see below, and then cut out 1 on the fold.
I then used this fab tutorial to make my scallops. She uses freezer paper! Go check it out.
Then I sewed along the curves to make my scallops, clipped around the curves, and turned right side out and pressed with my iron. Repeat one more time.
Then I cut another piece of the same fabric 2″ wide and made a scallop sandwich with the bottom of the bodice and that piece of fabric. Sew it together, then repeat with another piece and your other panel of scallops.
This is what it should look like now!
Then I used my pattern to trim off the excess on the sides. Obviously I didn’t worry much about the length of my bodice-but you can adjust for your kiddo.
Then trace your new bodice into a pattern, or use it to cut out 1 more on the fold, and 4 more with a back neckline, also with 1/2″ added to the middle of the pattern (aka where the fold is for the front bodice) this makes room for the zipper to be installed later!
Then sew the back bodice pieces to the front bodice piece right sides together at the shoulders.
Press the seams open.
Then pin the lining to outside around the neckline and sew it together. Clip curves, turn right side out, and press.
I made some slightly gathered sleeves and sewed them into the armholes.
Next sew the sides of the bodice right sides together and press.
For the skirt, I cut 2 panels selvage to selvage to the length I wanted. I sewed the short sides together, then serged the seams, and top and bottom of skirt.
Then…I totally winged it on the pleats. Just made some box pleats until it fit the open bodice.
like so. Then I sewed them right sides together, installed an invisible zipper, hemmed it and was done.